2017 marks the 9th Annual Backcountry Wilderness Half Marathon in Highlands Ranch! This 13.1 mile scenic trail run utilizes the Douglas County East/West trail and the pristine Highlands Ranch Community Association's Backcountry Wilderness Area trails.
ALL finishers receive this amazing medal!
We are excited about a new course for 2017! We kept the best parts of the previous course, took out the pavement, added some more single track, and GREATLY improved the parking situation!... overall this is going to be an incredible route! The race will start just down the East/West trail from Rocky Heights Middle School (all parking will be at the school)
In an effort to reduce the amount of garbage we are bringing into the Backcountry, starting this year the Backcountry Half Marathon will be completely Cupless on course. After seeing the thousands of little cups we went through last year, we feel strongly that this is the best decision for the enviorment. We will give you a high quality, 6oz handheld bottle (pictured below, hand strap is on the back with a zippered pocket for keys) you can use during the race (and in the future!!), and individuals who already have hydration systems are encouraged to use them! We will still have two aid stations, with tons of water and nuun hydration... we just won't have paper cups. If you have any questions or concerns about this change, please email Don Reichelt, race director, at email@example.com
Many trail races around the country are making this change, we are excited to be one of them!
All participants will receive:
The Backcountry Wilderness Half Marathon course has spectacular views! The course is a single loop which is 100% on dirt/gravel/single track. Runners will have the potential to view wildlife along the way as well as a soak in the amazing mountain views.
Since the Backcountry Wilderness Half Marathon is a trail race in November, there is a potential on race day to encounter mud, snow or ice on the trail. We race rain, shine, sleet or snow!
Additional Course Details
Address: 11033 Monarch Blvd, Lone Tree, CO 80124
Parking will be available at Rocky Heights Middle School, as well as Rocky Canyon High School. It is a short walk to the start/finish line area from there!
Early Packet Pickup
Date: Friday, November 3rd, 2017
Location: Southridge Recreation Center, 4800 McArthur Ranch Rd, Highlands Ranch, CO 80130.
Pickup will take place in the main hallway, just past the registration desk.
**YOU MUST BRING YOUR PHOTO ID. NO ONE WILL BE ALLOWED TO PICK UP PACKETS FOR OTHER PARTICIPANTS.
Race Day Packet Pickup / Registration
You will be able to pick up your timing bib and race shirt beginning at 7:30 a.m. on race morning. **YOU MUST BRING YOUR PHOTO ID.
Our Title Beneficiatry for the 2017 Backcountry Wilderness Half Marathon is the Backcountry Conservation and Education Fund. This fund furthers the mission of the Backcountry Wilderness Area of Highlands Ranch to protect and conserve wildlife habitat and to provide outdoor education and recreation opportunities in the Backcountry in order to promote and improve environmental literacy and ensure the conservation of the Backcountry for generations to come. All donations made to this 501(c)(3) are fully tax deductable, and you'll know that your dollars are going towards an outdoor legacy right in your backyard! For more information on The Backcountry Wilderness Area, please visit them here: Backcountry Wilderness Area
Douglas County Search and Rescue Team, Inc. (DCSAR) is a non-profit, all volunteer team dedicated to providing search, rescue, emergency response, and outdoor safety education to the citizens of Douglas County, Colorado. The team also responds to requests for assistance from other search and rescue (SAR) teams in Colorado and around the United States.
The team will be stationed throughout the Backcountry Wilderness Half Marathon course as well as at the finish line to ensure the safety of our participants. We appreciate their time volunteering for our race and keeping everyone safe on race day! A portion of our race proceeds will go towards purchasing new rescue equipment for DSCAR. To learn more about this organaiztion, please visit: http://www.dcsarco.org/
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November 3 3:00 PM MDT - Early Packet Pickup
November 4 7:00 AM MDT - Race Day Packet Pickup
November 4 9:00 AM MDT - Race Start
November 4 10:30 AM MDT - Post Race Party